New aviation safety guidelines require people with diabetes who carry diabetes supplies to take the following rules into account:
- Passengers may carry insulin and syringes or other insulin delivery systems (e.g., a pen or pump) only if they can produce an insulin vial or package with a pre-printed pharmacy label that clearly identifies the medication. Pen users will need to keep and carry the box in which the pen comes, and syringe and pump users will need to keep the boxes from their insulin vials.
- For people who test their blood sugar but do not use insulin, lancets may be carried onto aircraft as long as the individual lancets are capped (unused) and are brought with a blood glucose meter with the manufacturer’s name embossed on the meter.
- Glucagon must be in the original packaging with the pre-printed pharmacy label clearly visible.
- Prescriptions for medications will not be accepted in lieu of original packaging with pre-printed pharmacy labels, due to the possibility of forgery.
In the event that you encounter problems boarding a flight, you should contact the FAA Grounds Security Commissioner at the airport for assistance. You should not pack diabetes supplies in checked baggage, because the cargo hold temperatures can vary greatly and because you may need the supplies during the flight.
For More Information
- FAA Aviation Update
- FAA Frequently Asked Question About Resumption of Air Service
- ADA Statement About Flying With Diabetes Supplies
- Information for Traveling with Diabetes Supplies from the Joslin Diabetes Center
- Ask the Diabetes Team Questions About Travel
- Your Traveling Medical Record, at the Diabetes Monitor
- JDRF Statement About Flying With Diabetes Supplies
- Emerging problem: Transporting diabetes supplies on airplanes